What do you do when you disagree with your partner about how to parent? Perhaps it is even causing a rift in your family. You feel strongly about how to parent your kids, but feel stuck on knowing how to encourage your co-parent to see things the way you do.
You are not alone! It is a very common struggle for many parents. Whether you are single parenting with an ex-spouse, married, or caring for grandchildren, this can be an emotionally charged topic.
Tension in different parenting styles and philosophies can create stress in your relationship with your co-parent and affect your kids too. You and your partner may both have good intentions, but your parenting ideals and how to implement them might be so different.
We are going to tackle this tough topic. In today’s podcast, Stacy Bellward is joined by Jim and Lynne Jackson (Co-founders of Connected Families) to discuss their experience as parents with very different personalities. You’ll discover how Jim and Lynne navigated their parenting differences, and what kept them connected in the process.
You can create an atmosphere of safety and connection for your co-parent and your children by using the Connected Families Framework, asking curious questions, focusing on your own heart, and looking for the best in each other. Your family environment can be a place where everyone is safe to learn and grow in grace and empathy for one another.
In this podcast, you’ll learn:
- the power of the Connected Families Framework in your relationship with your partner, or co-parent
- questions you can ask your partner that invite conversation, connection, and openness instead of criticism
- how to get to a nonjudgmental place where you can see your partner’s underlying strengths as a parent
- offering grace and avoiding catastrophizing, knowing that God is working on behalf of your kids no matter the situation
Mentioned in this podcast:
- Connected Families Framework
- Discipline That Connects online course
- Trash, Truth, Treasure (blog post)
- Connected Families New Serenity Prayer (download)
Want to learn more?
How have you navigated different parenting approaches? We would love to hear from you, and to walk alongside you as you apply the Connected Families Framework in your family. Feel free to contact us, and please check out our online courses to help you strengthen your family. We are here to help!
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